How to Bag Beauty Bargains

I have seen a few posts floating around the 'blogosphere' entitled "how to get cheap makeup" or something to that effect, but they're advertising a specific wholesale, second hand or generally crappy make up (sorry not sorry) website. I'm not going to do that. Here are my tips on how to grab some beauty bargains, that I actually use!

TK Maxx
TK Maxx is a great place to look if you're looking to save money. Granted, there are some stores that are - I hate to say it, but - a glorified jumble sale, but if you're skilled in the art of bargain hunting, you'll be able to grab yourself some really good deals. I've seen products in TK Maxx from Make Up Forever, Lancome, Nars, Ciate, Clinique, Too Faced, Cargo, Delilah and Philosophy, to name a few. A lot of the products have been opened and touched, but if you have a good rummage you can - and I have - found products in pristine condition. I try and visit a TK Maxx every couple of weeks, which is around when they get fresh stock.  
Harper's Bazaar Magazine
I always update my Harper's Bazaar magazine subscription. It's £6 for 6 months, so not only do you get the magazine for £1 each month, each time you subscribe, you get a gift worth £60. And you really do get an amazing gift, they don't mess around with samples! In the past, I've received the Body Shop Vitamin C collection, Ole Henriksen goodies, REN Moisturiser and some make up, too. All full size! So it's really worth doing, because it's amazing value.

Loyalty Cards
I think loyalty cards are super underrated! My  favourites are the Debenhams Beauty Club and Space NK N.Dulge because you can redeem up to £15 worth of points in one go, which is actually quite a decent amount of money off. Another good one is Boots Advantage Card. For every £1 you spend you get 4 points (I think), and points in hundreds literally transfer to £, so 100 points = £1. So if you spend a lot of money in Boots - and not just on cosmetics - you can rack up monetary rewards very quickly. The only downside is that if you want to spend your points, it has to cover the full amount of what you want to get, you can't part pay cash and part pay points, so if you want to redeem them against anything significant you'll have to save them up a while. M&S Sparks offer you a selection of deals, including 10-15% off beauty now and again. If you have a Fenwicks local to you, their beauty loyalty card gets you £10 off when you collect a certain amount of stamps.

You may have noticed I win a lot of stuff! I do, I'm really lucky?! I've won most recently some Vichy goodies, the entire Caudalie Vinosource collection, a MAC lipstick, Charlotte Tilbury lipstick, a Stila palette, an Urban Decay palette, and more! I know that, really, it all comes down to just the luck of the draw, but I do actively search for competitions on Twitter, using the hashtags #win, #winitwednesday and #freebiefriday. They're so easy to enter, and for the sake of a simple retweet, you may as well.
Subscription box
I am actually on the fence when it comes to subscription boxes, but I've been subscribed to Glossybox for around 3 months now. I hate sample sized products so I didn't sign up to one for a long time, but I was really surprised at how many full sized products you get. In the December box, 4/5 products were full sized. What I was even more surprised about was that the sample sized things were more like travel sizes, and you can easily get a month's use out of it. So with that in mind, I think £10 a month for a Glossybox is good value. Although I'm not sure if I want to carry it on long term yet.

How do you save $$$$ on your make up?
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1 comment

  1. Some really good tips here! I never thought of the magazine subscriptions! Xo